Friday, September 12, 2014

Sepiolite Clay

Maya blue, so dramatic a preparation.  That like the frothing madder preparation shown in Yoshiko and Michel's DVD and workshop had us all wowing.
There are, in fact two relatively local sources of sepiolite, one in Florida and the other in Nevada.
It is also known as salt clay or sea mud (it isn't a deep sea ooze), it is a clay.. a silicate (hence the warnings on the MSDS sheet), though not a fibre and it hydrates in sea water... which makes it great for using in the off shore rigs rather than bentonite that is the usual drilling mud.
Thanks to Mat for sharing his knowledge.

So my initial fears about it closing up my lungs may have been exaggerated.... I will continue to investigate.

Go here for geochem of sepiolite

Boring post, don't read, it's just a To Do list.

It seemed like I had been working on the visiting artists' project (Yoshiko and Lisa) for months. Indeed it was 18 months.
Now I need to get back into my own work, which on a reduced studio could be tricky... and I will fight against buying  doubles of equipment and so on.  It has taken me most of this week to simply get all the stuff back to people who left items with me intentionally or unintentionally and return unused items to Canadian Tire (yes that's tire not tyre) etc.

Forgive this wordy and relatively un-illuminated post... it is a mind map really.

Puppet show. Wendy was brilliant about putting in a proposal to Les Sages Fous in Montreal and we were then invited to participate....  She will come back with lots of ideas, improvements and ways to go... good on you Wendy.
I spent some of yesterday searching out incidental music for the stations... and was introduced to Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock.  Neat.

SDA - meeting with new Rep. Leslie and Ambassador Arlee next Monday.  Let's get Leslie's show on the road.

Visiting Artists - having initiated the Andrea Graham and then the Beaney/Littlejohn show I must catch up with the new organizers to debrief about admin things...should be interesting.

A new collaboration - I would like to but, I can't write much about that just yet... in progress.

Organic dyes and pigment.  Need to go through the workshop on my own.  I have a 123 Henna indigo vat in my kitchen.  Looks lovely in its glass vessel...Very 'Designer Statement''s nearly in the dark and I am not too worried about U/V.
Yesterday found a source of Calx in Calgary, Science Is.... collecting some tomorrow.  If you want some, let me know.  123 additions needed then I can have a daily play with my filter papers.. can't wait.
Need to go through chemicals I have and order some from Maiwa to get my act going on pigment separation.

I was going to write "And if you know where I can source sepiolite clay in or near Calgary please do tell." but I have just found some stuff on the web which makes me feel like I don't want to create Maya Blue anyway.... I'd rather keep my lungs....see next post.

2D-3D.   I do want to have a sample of the fulled wool gauze and I certainly need to do samples of degumming of silk organza.

Taking on board what Lisa taught about shrinkage of thinly laid out wool... I fully felted... and dramatically shrank down a piece I have been holding on to since working at ACAD the summer before this one..... OK I will show you the outcome... I like the marks on the partially felted piece best and the wool wasn't the superfine merino that most folks prefer... so it is a bit hairier than some might like... but isn't it lovely... Might be interesting for the next project in this listing....

Wedding Certificate Frame.  An opportunity to make this has presented itself.  I need to do samples and send to 'client'.  I have a feeling that degummed organza will make an appearance. Sample sample sample... Need chemicals for this too.

And then there is all the project wrap up.. tax files etc....

Thanks to Wendy

You are a star Wendy Passmore Godfrey for getting our  proposal off the ground and for working on it with me whilst I have been elsewhere in my mind recently.... and then when travelling to the Yukon and me on Saltspring Island thrashing out more details... anyway we were invited to participate in Les Sages Fous Micro-festival.
Dead proud.
Wendy is there now and will return with lots for me to work on I am sure.  It is going to be a blast!

Take a look here

Sunday, August 24, 2014

All quiet but I wasn't sleeping.

Don't forget Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada will speaking at the Stanford Perrot Theatre at ACAD, Calgary THIS Tuesday from 7pm.
Don't miss this opportunity.

Go here to check the details.
Tickets also available at the door.

Please share this information with your creative friends.

 YOSHIKO IWAMOTO WADA is an artist, author, curator, textile researcher and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She holds a BFA in Textile Art from Kyoto City Fine Arts University, MFA in Painting from University of Colorado, Boulder, and has studied Japanese silk embroidery, ikat weaving and indigo dyeing. She consults to designers including; Christina Kim of DOSA Inc., Los Angeles and Colleen Atwood for the movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’
The lecture will explore the complex strands and diverse approaches being taken by contemporary Japanese designers. With a focus on textiles and clothing, the selected case studies will highlight the extraordinary and innovative designs which seamlessly merge the boundaries between art and design; traditions and focus on textiles and clothing, the selected case studies will highlight their extraordinary and innovative designs which seamlessly merge the boundaries between art and design; traditional and technology; and makers and market.
Case studies include:  Issey Miyake, Tokyo; Jurgen Lehl of Tokyo; sou sou in Kyoto, Christina Kim of dosa inc in L.A., Organic Cotton/ Appachi in India; Arimatsu/Narumi shibori center and Suzuan e.K. in Germany. 

If you get to ACAD a  little early you can look around the fantastic exhibition by Summer Residency participants at Contextural's post-residency show.
Here is their pamphlet. (though a little difficult to read as I only had a pdf... I will replace if you guys send me a jpg. - thanks).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Next SDA meeting in Calgary Thursday 26th June at 7pm Emmedia

Click on the image to open it and manage to read the actual info! Thanks

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Rufus you have some nice shibori there

Shibori is everywhere... and so like some of my own creations.
Here is Rufus Wainwright showing how cool it is to wear shibori.

I would be so honoured if he was wearing a boutonniere that I had made but, sadly, it is not one of mine.
However.....  Thanks M I for commissioning and then sporting this one below and detail here.

For more information on how to obtain one of these intriguing, individual - at least I used to think so!  - and most striking fashion accessories contact me by commenting below.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Don't miss early bird ticket to hear Yoshiko

Go here to buy your ticket before 1 June, when early bird ticket availability ends.